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This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia. RABIPUR (Rab-ee-per) Inactivated Rabies Virus Vaccine Consumer Medicine Information What is in this leaflet This leaflet answers some common questions about RABIPUR (Inactivated Rabies Virus Vaccine). It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines, including vaccines, have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you or your child having RABIPUR against the benefits they expect it will have. If you have any concerns about this vaccine, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again. What RABIPUR is used for RABIPUR is a vaccine used to help prevent rabies infection in people who either have been, or are at risk of being bitten, licked or scratched by an animal infected with rabies virus. Rabies is a very serious infection. The rabies virus attacks the nerves and the brain. Rabies infection can be fatal if not treated as early as possible. How it works RABIPUR works by causing your body to protect itself against rabies. The body makes substances that fight the rabies virus. They are called antibodies and circulate in the blood. If the rabies virus gets into someone who has been vaccinated against rabies, the antibodies kill the virus before it can cause damage. After vaccination your body takes several weeks to develop enough antibodies to successfully fight rabies. For vaccination against rabies you need a course of 3 to 5 injections. After this course, most people produce enough antibodies against rabies. However, as with all vaccines, 100% protection cannot be guaranteed. Further booster injections of rabies vaccine may be needed every few years to ensure enough antibodies are present. The vaccine will not give you or your child rabies. The chance of a severe reaction from RABIPUR is very small, but the risks from not being vaccinated against rabies may be very serious.